All adults now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccine
All adults can now book a life-saving Covid jab vaccine.
From today, everyone aged 18 and over is being urged to arrange a jab if they have not had one as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history, begins the final push to protect the country.
People can book on the national booking system – either the website or by calling 119 – or through their GP led service.
People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.
This opening up to the final cohort of people comes fewer than 200 days since the NHS made history by delivering the first Covid vaccine.
Already, around eight in 10 adults have had their first dose while more than half have had their vital second dose, meaning they have maximum protection from Covid-19.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “This is truly a watershed moment: whoever you are, wherever you live, if you are aged 18 or older and you are yet to book your Covid jab, today should be the day you make that happen.
“Extensive planning and the tireless hard work of staff and volunteers have made the NHS vaccine programme an historic success.
“Now we are delivering a final push to protect the country so when your time comes, or if you haven’t done so already, please play your part and come forward to make your first appointment or get your second dose.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Offering all adults a jab less than 200 days after the programme launched is one of our country’s greatest collective achievements, saving over 14,000 lives so far.
“I cannot thank NHS staff, the Army, volunteers, manufacturers and all those involved in this extraordinary national effort enough.
“Today sees vaccines accelerate in their race with the virus - so now let’s finish the job. If you haven’t yet, come forward and get your jab.”
Local NHS urges people not to delay second doses
As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its final stages, the local NHS is urging local residents to remember to get their second dose.
People aged 40 and over are now able to have their second jab from eight weeks after their first – moving it forward from the original 12 week period. This extends the group after people aged 50 and over were able to do this last month.
If you have booked your appointments through the national booking system, you can use the website or call 119 to move your second dose forward.
If you had your first vaccination from a GP led team, you will be contacted as quickly as possible to rearrange your second dose.
Whether you are moving it forward, or have an appointment booked, everyone is urged to attend their second dose appointment.
Research this week showed how important the second jab is at protecting people against the Delta/Indian variant.
Studies have found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses, while the Oxford-AztraZenaca is 92% effective.
To date more than 1.1 million people in Sussex have received their vaccination, and more than 800,000 have had both doses.
Saxonbury House Surgery vaccination service now on the national booking system and ready to book your appointment
After incredible work to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination to people living across the Wealden area so far, the vaccination service at Saxonbury House Surgery is now calling for anyone who is yet to have their jab to come forward.
The service is now available on the national booking system, which means that you can book your appointment at Saxonbury through the booking website – nhs.uk/Covid-vaccine or by calling 119.
It is really simple and can be completed in a few minutes – booking both first and second dose appointments.
Read more about Saxonbury House now being available on the national booking system.
Community first dose pop-up session in Eastbourne this weekend
A first dose pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Sunday 20 June from 10am-1pm at Hampden Park Surgery, 12 Brodrick Close, Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 9NQ.
The session will offer both booked appointments to its existing patients and walk-in slots to anyone else that is eligible. People over the age of 21, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
This community session is for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above with your NHS number, if you know it. You should also wear a face covering. Please dress for the weather and bring a drink of water in case you have to queue for a short time.
Community pop-up session in Hastings next weekend
A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination session will be held on Saturday 26 June 10.30am-3.30pm at Warrior Square Surgery, Marlborough House, Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea TN37 6BG.
People over the age of 21, those who have a serious long-term health issue, and unpaid carers are all currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
These community sessions are for first vaccinations only and you do not have to book an appointment, just turn up during the time stated above.
If you have already had your first jab at another service elsewhere please wait for them to let you know your second appointment time and go back to them for your second jab.
Read more about the session and a further date at another location in July.
Walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Etchingham
People aged 18 and over who want their free first dose Covid-19 vaccine can visit a walk in clinic in Etchingham
Pfizer vaccinations will be given between 8.30am and 3.30pm at Etchingham Village Hall, Parsonage Croft, Etchingham, TN19 7BY ON, Saturday, 26 June and Sunday 27 June. This walk in clinic is for first dose appointments only.
People are not required to book or show ID to gain entry. If demand is high it is likely those attending will have to wait to be seen. Please bring a face covering with you and respect social distancing while you queue.
The event has been organised by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust which has been running Etchingham Village Hall as a coronavirus vaccination centre with local GPS since January.
The clinic is for first dose appointments only. The vaccine is Pfizer.
Please note that the walk in session is at Etchingham Village Hall only. All other vaccination centres still require an appointment. Parking at Etchingham is limited for those travelling by car.